Neighborhood Cooking Foundation

Homeless Cooking Project

Help us make restaurant-quality meals for Seattle's homeless


Dignity and good food for people with too little of both in their lives

In keeping with the St. Clouds restaurant mission of providing a place where orphans come to find a sense of home and family (from The Cider House Rules by John Irving), original owners Paul Butler and John Platt opened up the St. Clouds kitchen to the community to come together and cook dinner for our 125 new neighbors at Tent City, then hosted by St. Therese Church, in August 2001.

Inspired by the outpouring of generosity by so many volunteers, by the warm and grateful reception from the Tent City residents, and by the fresh, bright, interesting food that we prepared, we committed to a monthly cooking project that now feeds five hundred people at eight shelters each month.  We create a unique menu each month with dishes made from scratch, created on the spot, as we survey the food donations and ideas of the participants, putting the various foods and people together to make them sing! 

The restaurant's new owner as of June 2017, Michael McGloin, is carrying forward this great community tradition. We invite any and all of you to join in.  We hope by the act of creating a meal together, we can build more connections among ourselves and provide an hour of dignity and good food for those who find too little of both in their lives.



1131 34th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


(206) 726-1522


new! Cooking For Hope Place

We're now cooking twice each month on Tuesdays at Hope Place for women and children. To sign up, contact Katie Gamaunt ( or 206-475-3131). Background check required for this location. No drop-ins. Learn more




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See What's Coming up

Check our calendar to see when the next cooking project is happening so you can plan to join in. Download a reminder to your Google or Outlook calendar. See our calendar of upcoming events.

Meatloaf With a Cause

Dear friend of St. Clouds and famous screenwriter, Stewert Stern, best known for Rebel Without a Cause and Sybil, gave us his treasured meatloaf recipe before he died in February, 2015. Learn about Stewart's special relationship with St Clouds and how we honor him monthly by serving meatloaf.

Donate Fresh produce

Find out how you can donate food for one of our upcoming cooking projects. We buy our own protein, but would love your help with produce. Here are some produce suggestions.

Tips for VOlunteers

Wondering whether you need masterful knife skills to participate, or what to bring when you volunteer? No special training necessary! Everyone is welcome. Get the scoop on how a typical cooking project works. 

Donate Money

Generous community support makes our work possible. We're a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Make a donation.

Gift bags for Homeless Children

Kids need toothbrushes, pencils and special goodies to brighten their days. A group of volunteers has taken on putting gift bags together to go along with the meals we deliver. Email to find out how you can help.


Join our email list

Use the form below to let us know your contact information. We'll email you with details about our upcoming cooking projects.

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